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Ms. Cassie Adelman replaces Zeman in English department 

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Kirsten Santana
Ms. Cassie Adelman goes over the daily agenda with her 6th hour English II class.

Community hired Ms. Cassie Adelman, a December graduate from Illinois State University, to fill a vacancy in the English department after Ms. Jackie Zeman’s resignation. 

Zeman, after five years at Community, announced in late November she would not be returning for second semester. The former speech coach left education to take a job as a corporate training coordinator for Alto Ingredients

Adelman, who student-taught with Ms. Kevin Yale Vernon last semester, has taken over Zeman’s classes–co-teaching English II and III with Mr. Tanner Meiss and Mrs. Laura Turner.

Meiss is “excited for a new opportunity” to teach with Adelman, the Foreign Language teacher said, “but [was] bummed” to learn Zeman was leaving. 

Adelman “came highly recommended by Ms. Vernon,” Meiss said. “She’s going to do a great job.”

In front of the classroom, Adelman, Vernon said, is a “natural.”

“The kids like her and other teachers like her,” Vernon said, “so I felt quite confident recommending her.“

Vernon was enthusiastic about Adelman’s hiring because of the first-year teacher’s theater background. Adelman served as an assistant director of the fall production of “The Diviners.”

“She has a theater major as well as an English major,” Vernon said, making her a candidate to inherit Community’s Theatre program after Vernon retires at the end of the year

“It’s very nice,” Vernon said, “to know that something you spent 20 years building is going to be in good hands.”

As a mid-year hire, per Unit 5’s contract, Adelman will have to reapply for a teaching position at the end of the year.  There will be at least three openings in the English department: Zeman’s former position, Vernon’s and Mrs. Jayne Runyon’s, who is also retiring at the end of the year.

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Kirsten Santana, Senior Staff Reporter
Kirsten Santana is a junior at Normal Community High School. It is her second year on the Inkspot staff. My favorite film is “When Marnie Was There.” One of my guilty pleasures is collecting pretty glass bottles. My all-time dream is to produce my own cartoon show.
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